Board No. 19: Tuscany in Texas

2 March 2009


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This board is for lovely Marcie, who found me through my Etsy shop. She came to me with a few details in place but was looking for some help bringing everything together with a vintage Tuscan feel.

My first suggestion was to tone down her color palette a bit, from cheery red, orange and yellow to something approximating the landscape of Tuscany: the rusty red of soil, burnt orange, buttery gold, succulent green, and cream/champagne. I also suggested swapping out the gerbera daisy centerpieces she wasn’t in love with for a more organic tableau of hearty artisan bread, small bowls of olives, scattered herbs, plenty of pillar candles, and maybe even a rusty urn overflowing with potted ivy.

The Details:
First row, left to right:
The faded red brick of Marcie’s venue sets the perfect scene for a Mediterranean-inspired affair {The Gallery}. Monogrammed wine bottles make perfect table decor or recycled water carafes {Brides.com}. Artisan breads, either bundled in woven baskets or arranged simply on tables, make intricate (and delicious!) centerpieces {from Oh How Charming, photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}.

Second row:
Fill shallow, dark wood boxes with sand and prop up escort cards in neat rows. Cluster succulent buds and white blooms at the front {arrangement by Modern Day Design}. If you’re assigning seats as well as tables, wine cork place cards look chic at the head of each place setting {via Weddingbee}

Third row:
Send guests home at the end of the night with rosemary seedlings planted in terra cotta pots (for those with out of town guests, consider a seed packet tucked into the pot, instead). Guest names can be written on simple wooden sticks for identifying ease {photo by Leigh Miller Photography}. Bar menus printed on burnt orange paper alert guests to the night’s signature drinks {Martha Stewart Weddings}. Consider using tall, bundled wheat stalks or bare manzanita branches as decor at the bar or on the cake table. Champagne linens and herb sprigs tucked into menus or napkins make for a refreshing tablescape {photo by Aaron Delesie via Style Me Pretty}.

Fourth row:
A leather journal bound with archival-quality paper is a simple guest book {Martha Stewart Weddings}. Ask small attendants to scatter loose herb sprigs instead of flower petals (bonus: your ceremony space will smell delightful!) {photo by Aaron Delesie via Style Me Pretty}. Bring in deeper colors with personal flowers, and consider a champagne sash for either your dress or bouquet {photo by Sedona Bride}.

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